I Have to Sleep, too? Yep.

I noticed my numbers – you know, the numbers I get from my glucose meter – go up in the past week or so.  Not a huge increase, but enough for me to try and figure out why.  Since I work to maintain a very tight control on Diabetes, any significant change is important to me.

What do I do?  I start a food diary for a couple of days.  Might as well follow my own advice, right?  What do I see?  I am eating a few more carbs everyday.  Just a few more – like 10 or 15 each day.  That doesn’t sound like much, does it?  I wan’t eating any candy bars or ice cream.  But, I was getting a few more carbs – like in an extra granola bar.

Why was I eating the extra carbs?  It suddenly hit me.  I was tired.  I wasn’t getting enough sleep and we all know that carbs give energy – it seemed like my body was craving them.

Here I am.  I take my meds.  Control my diet – for the most part.  And, even when I am tired, I exercise.  So, now I am supposed to get enough rest?

In a one word answer, “Yep.”

I don’t know about you, but I have days, weeks, and months where I just can’t seem to get enough rest or sleep.  It’s called life.  and, we are entering into the very busy holiday season during which I never seem to get enough sleep.  Clearly, I have to make a few changes.

If you don’t get the rest you need you put your body under extra stress.  Stress increases glucose in our blood.  Then, if you add a few extra carbs, what’s going to happen?  That’s right – the numbers go up!

So, in order not to have an increase in my numbers, not only do I have to take my meds, control my diet, and exercise – I have to get enough rest!  Not sure how I am going to do it, but do I really have a choice?  The end result will be better health and Diabetes on the run.  I can live with that.

You got to love it.

As always, thank you for reading.

 

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I am not a doctor or health professional. I am just a guy who is working everyday to control Type 2 Diabetes. My goal is to offer hope, help and solutions for day-to-day living for the diabetic. The disease can be controlled. It can be managed. And, you can do it!

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